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Psychiatric nurse practitioner joins the Student Health Clinic team

Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Nan Ambrosy, psychiatric nurse practitioner, has joined the Student Health Clinic team.  According to Shelley Matthews, Student Health Clinic director, the addition of a full time professional with psychiatric training enables the medical team to provide more complete care to UNI students.  Ambrosy accepts students who are referred by the medical team at the Student Health Clinic and by the counseling team at the Counseling Center. “Accessibility to this level of service was an undermet need at UNI,” said Matthews,  “When a student has a need for psychiatric care, it is often an urgent need.  Most students can meet with Nan promptly and can schedule the follow-up care with minimum impact on their academic schedule.”
A typical appointment with a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes an interview, an assessment of medical needs that may impact psychiatric well being and evaluation of the extent to which the student is experiencing diminished academic and social balance  The outcome may call for a combination of medicine and counseling or medicine, only, or counseling, only.
“College life presents students with many new challenges – stress is a typical response,” said Ambrosy. “Students need to understand that this is typical and intervention can get them back to a balanced sense of well being.  We want students to be comfortable referring themselves for an appointment or advising a friend to seek help at the Student Health Clinic,” she said.
Typical symptoms of psychiatric issues include: depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulty, sleep problems and diminished interest in relationships and classes.  Friends should be aware that comments about hopelessness, a growing tendancy toward social isolation or diminished self-control over vices such as drinking are each indicators that psychiatric intervention may be needed.
Ambrosy was most recently a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Fort Riley, a US Army installation in northeast Kansas.  In that role, she worked with men and women in the military.  “Nan brings this relevant experience to UNI veterans attending UNI,” said Matthews, “Her experience with young adults will serve all students.”
Ambrosy is available when the Student Health Clinic is open: weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:45.  Call 319 273-2009 to make an appointment.
The Student Health Clinic is located on 23rd Street just north of Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.